Lawyers and judges can now take twice as many hours of continued legal education through online programming per three-year period after the Indiana Supreme Court amended an existing rule to education requirements. Similarly, mediators will not be denied credit for digital programs under an amendment to continuing mediation education requirements.
In an order issued Tuesday, the state’s high court amended Admission and Discipline Rule 28 Section 3(b), Rule 29 Section 3(a) and (b) dealing with education requirements, mandatory continuing legal education guidelines and accreditation policies.
The amendment provides that “No more than eighteen (18) hours of the Educational Period requirement shall be filled through interactive Distance Education.”
A CME amendment to Rule 2.5 Section (F)(2)(c) removes the denial of credit for activities and programs delivered by satellite, microwave, video, computer, internet, telephone or other electronic methods. The amendment also eliminates language requiring approved courses to provide a discussion leader or two-way communication, a classroom setting away from the mediator’s offices, an opportunity to ask questions and monitored attendance.
Both amended rules will take effect Jan. 1.